I have no food posts to publish today because we ate dinner at my parents house. I still wanted to be able to share with you something important, so it got me thinking…

What do I love to do that relates to my blog? Then it dawned on me…I should write about why cooking with your spouse is so vital in my eyes.

My husband and I love to cook together! It is what inspired me to start this blog, and I am so glad that I did. Even if this blog is solely used as my personal cookbook, that’s okay because it’s a hobby of mine. If people begin to use my recipes for their own meals, then that is just icing on the cake to me.

There’s nothing more fun to me than cooking a meal together with my husband. Forrest and I started watching the show Chopped a few months ago and it struck a creative chord in us. If you’ve seen the show, you know exactly what I am talking about. The contestants are given baskets full of completely random ingredients and they have to make a meal out of it (appetizer, entree, and dessert). This inspired us to craft new and innovative meal ideas.

For example, we plan our meals Monday through Friday and then work with whatever we have left in our fridge on Saturday and Sunday. We usually have close to nothing left because we shop according to what we are making for dinner that week. But sometimes the weekends are so fun because it forces us to put our heads together and create something with so few ingredients.

First and foremost, cooking together is quality time together. It is just the two of us in the kitchen with no distractions of cell phones, work, etc. It is way more fun and worthwhile to me to cook a meal at home with my spouse than going out to a restaurant because there’s much more interaction and it is more of a bonding experience. We can play music, even dance around the kitchen while we cook (that’s something I do)!

The few times that we do go out to dinner, we get the bill and always say the same exact thing. “This would have paid our groceries for a week!” This is one of the reasons we choose to make our own dinner as opposed to dining out. Yes, it is nice to go and enjoy a meal out every now and then as a nice treat. But, as newlyweds, we try to save money in any way we can. And not eating out is definitely important, and easy, way to save money.

Cooking our nightly meals together is an intentional time spent together and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We have also added a routine that I have fallen in love with. Once we finish our meal, we read our nightly devotional called Love Dare. This is, again, an amazing time together.

Just like we both have been realizing our personal strengths and weaknesses in our marriage, we’ve had fun seeing our strengths and weaknesses in the kitchen! Forrest is my flavor/spice guy. He always knows what spices and flavorings work together to make the meal go from good to great! I am more of the visionary, as in, I come up with the meal idea and I know how I want things to taste and look. We have created a team in the kitchen and we love it. Cooking has become something that we would both add to our “things we enjoy doing together” list.

A sense of shared pride is something we’ve both come to enjoy. I know this might sound corny, but we always have our first bite at the same time so we can experience our hard work together. Normally what happens is we each have our first bite and say something along the lines of “oh my gosh, this is so good!” or “wow! what awesome flavor this has!” Cooking brings us together.

This whole cooking thing is still new to me as a newlywed, but I am loving every minute of it. It is even more enjoyable when I have my sweet husband by my side cooking along with me. We love finding new hobbies together and are learning how to cook as a couple!

If you are married and our blessed to have your time before dinner together, I challenge you to begin cooking together if you haven’t already. Come up with meal ideas and share what you’d like to have or try in the coming days, and then work together to make it happen. You’ll be surprised at how much fun you’ll have, and the food will taste a little better when you know you did it together.